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YDBKA Beginner’s Beekeeping Theory Course 2018

The York and District Beekeepers will hold a series of eight  Beginner’s Beekeeping Theory Classes in the Library of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming at Murton. See the home page for a map.

The classes will be held each Monday at 7pm for 7.30pm start commencing on Monday 29th January 2018 with the concluding class on Monday 19th March 2018. During the Theory Course you will also be given details of the YDBKA Beginner’s Practical Course which will take place late May/June 2017.

Online bookings will be available soon. Stay tuned!


YDBKA Beginner’s Beekeeping Practical Course 2018

The York and District Beekeepers Association will hold a series of five Beginner’s Beekeeping Practical Classes in 2018. For those who have ordered a colony of bees, the first meeting will be late May when the bees will be transferred from the nucleus to your hive. The classes will be held each Monday at 6.30pm in late May/June, dates TBA. Attendance on our Theory Course is a pre-requisite for this Course.

A hive package including a 5 frame nucleus of bees and a new fully assembled National Hive and components will be available at a special rate negotiated with a local, trusted supplier.

How you participate on the course is up to you:

(i) You can just take the Practical Course (but you will still need to be a member of YDBKA). There is a maximum number of 8 places on a first come first served basis.

OR

(ii) You can take the Practical Course, Membership and buy the bees and hive package. There is a maximum number of 15 places on a first come first served basis.

If you opt to purchase the bees and hive package you will also need to have your own bee suit. We will advise full details and the cost of the hive and bees package, and further details of the other equipment nearer the time. The hive packages will be sourced at a discounted price from a local supplier. The purchase and collection of the empty hive will be done directly with the supplier.

The bees will be sited at an out Apiary for the duration of the course but at the end of the last evening of the course you will need to transport your colony to your own site.

If you plan to site your hive on an allotment or similar public or semi-public area you may need to obtain the consent of the Managing Authority, Owner or Committee. In our experience this can take some time to obtain so please don’t leave it until the last minute. If you do not have a site, then please mention this as we may be able to offer possible sites. Farmers with field beans are usually pleased to have bees as it increases the yield considerably.

Online bookings will be available soon. Stay tuned!

Any enquiries can be addressed to me at education@yorkbeekeepers.com